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Russell C. Gallagher

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Russell C. Gallagher
Mediator and Arbitrator


Location: Throughout the Southeast United States

Direct: (800) 864-2622

Email: rgallagher@uww-adr.com


Most recently a captain for Southwest Airlines, Nashville-based Russ Gallagher brings a varied and rich background to his mediation and arbitration practice.

He first became a Tennessee Rule 31 Court Certified Civil Mediator in 2012 and took a dispute resolution training course at Pepperdine University the next year. His legal career extended from 1986 to 1992, and he was a commercial litigator with Boult, Cummings, Conners and Berry (now Bradley Arandt et al), with emphasis on contract disputes, for five years. He also represented a music management group, individual musical artists and a business aircraft leasing company, and he remains a licensed attorney to this day.

Since 1992, he has worked primarily as a pilot and has served on the safety committee and the board of directors for the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association and was chairperson for the contract administration committee for the pilots’ union (contract enforcement, grievances, negotiations and dispute resolution).

Russ is a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and Air National Guard and is a retired lieutenant colonel. He began his service by attending Naval Justice School in 1976, spent seven years as a naval aviator and became a lieutenant commander and pilot for the U.S. Navy. He was a pilot for the Tennessee Air National Guard from 1987 to 2000.

Professional Education

  • J.D., Vanderbilt University, 1986
    • Legal Aid Society, 1985-1986 
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1976
    • Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity. VP- Interfraternity Council. Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
    • Naval ROTC. Battalion Commander 1976
  • Labor Law Arbitration Conference, University of California at Berkeley, 2013

Practice Areas

  • Aviation
  • Other Transportation
  • Labor
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Personal Injury
  • Worker’s Compensation

Professional Affiliations

  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association (former Tennessee state representative)
  • Nashville Legal Aid Society (pro bono representation)
  • Stephens Ministry Lay Program – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1986-1992